CCMC fitness facility given new name, focus

PARKERSBURG – After more than two decades as a separate-but-affiliated part of Camden Clark Medical Center, the former Family Fitness Center has a new name and an expanded focus.

Now known as the Camden Clark Health & Wellness Center, the 2804 Birch St. facility is a department of the medical center itself, with greater emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation in addition to fitness.

“It’s actually a national model to have a hospital-based health and wellness center,” said Patrick McHugh, membership sales manager for the center. “You have people working out right next to somebody doing physical therapy.”

On Monday, Camden Clark’s monthly discounted health screening was held at the center, giving folks a chance to get blood tests, body mass index exams and blood pressure checks at a reduced rate while also providing an opportunity to tour the center.

Vienna resident Janie Snyder planned to take a look around after getting her screening.

“It’s so convenient,” she said of the screenings Camden Clark offers. “It doesn’t have to go on my insurance.”

The Health & Wellness Center continues to offer a swimming pool with lap lanes, free weights, basketball and racquetball courts, exercise equipment and more than 50 group exercise classes. Now many exercise classes and the guidance of an exercise physiologist or exercise specialist will be included in the monthly membership price, McHugh said.

“Everything you need to put together your personal wellness plan is all included for one price,” he said.

When a member joins, the exercise physiologist or one of the exercise specialists will perform tests to determine the individual’s fitness level and take into account the person’s health and exercise history to craft a 12-week exercise prescription. After that period is up, they can be reassessed and given a new 12-week plan.

Eventually, there will be doctors and physical therapists based from the center, McHugh said.

“This will be part of the continuum of care for the hospital,” said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for Camden Clark. “We can keep people from getting sick, and we can rehab people.”